Two at Fisher Named Dante Scholarship Award Recipients
Two St. John Fisher College students—Giuliana Pietrantoni and Lisa Manioci—were named recipients of the Italian Women’s Civic Club (IWCC) Dante Scholarship Award. Pietrantoni and Manioci were among five local college students to receive the award, which recognizes academic achievement and promote pride in the Italian American heritage. The students were formally honored during an awards dinner held earlier this month.
Pietrantoni graduated from Bishop Kearney High School. At Fisher, she studies political science and legal studies and is a member of the Honors Program. Eventually, she would like to earn her doctorate in political theory and teach at a university. She would also like to perform research around state and local politics and education.
Manioci is a full-time graduate student in the College’s Mental Health Counseling program, and is set to graduate from the program in spring 2017. She enrolled at Fisher after receiving her undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College, where she studied psychology and gender women’s studies. In addition to being a full-time student, Manioci works part-time in Rochester General Hospital’s Emergency Department as a unit secretary. After graduation, she plans to use her skills as a mental health counselor by helping those suffering from a vast range of mental illnesses in a clinical setting. Eventually, she hopes to open her own private practice.
The IWCC was established in 1919 to educate immigrant women on their newly acquired right to vote and assist them in assimilating into American life. The mission of the Club has evolved over the years, and today focuses on supporting higher education opportunities for young adults of Italian ancestry. The Dante Scholarship Award is among the group’s many philanthropic efforts. Applicants for the scholarship must be full-time matriculated undergraduate or graduate students at area colleges and universities. Awards are based on criteria set by the IWCC committee and include academic achievement, extra- curricular activities, community service, and personal identification with Italian American heritage.